Tests of Mayo broadband speeds ranks wireless provider Imagine as delivering faster speeds than many fibre providers

Fri, Jan 20, 2017

Ranking of broadband speeds in Mayo released by independent measurement expert, Ookla Speedtest “demonstrate the fundamental importance of wireless internet connectivity to counties like Mayo”, leading internet provider Imagine said recently. The Ookla Speedtest results 2016 measured the speed performance of all internet service providers (ISP) servicing the Irish market. The results were calculated by measuring and aggregating the performance of ISPs as reported by users, with the top five providers ranked and named.

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EY Entrepreneur of the Year is looking for Mayo entrants

Fri, Jan 20, 2017

Now in its 20th year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year2017 programme is officially open for nominations. The theme of this year’s programme is “Leading Through Change” and all sectors and businesses of all sizes are invited to submit their nominations up until February 22. The 24 finalists for 2017 will be announced on April 27.

Kevin McLoughlin, partner at EY, said: “I am delighted to launch the 2017 EOY programme, which I am incredibly proud to say is in its 20th year. The benefits of participation extend far beyond winning the award in October. The successful finalists will gain national and international exposure, gaining media profile across TV, radio, print and online. They will also connect with our exclusive network of over 450 of Ireland’s top entrepreneurs and get an opportunity to go on our renowned international CEO Retreat, which is designed to help Irish entrepreneurs transform their thinking and vision through executive education and hearing from some of the world’s leading CEOs.”

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2016 busiest ever year at Ireland West Airport as passenger numbers soar to over 730,000 for the first time

Tue, Jan 10, 2017

2016 has proven to be a record breaking year at Ireland West Airport with passenger numbers exceeding 730,000 for the first time in the airports 31 year history. In 2016, the annual number of passengers using the airport increased by 7% to 734,031, an increase of 48,563 passengers compared to 2015. The Airport now serves 23 International destinations and is served by three of Europes major International airlines, Aer Lingus, Flybe and Ryanair.

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New Enterprise Rent-A-Car facility opens in Castlebar

Fri, Dec 30, 2016

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, part of the world’s largest vehicle rental company, Enterprise Holdings, this week opened its newest Irish branch in Castlebar. The new outlet will operate from Casey Accident and Repair Centre, Turlough Road, Castlebar, primarily serving tourists who wish to rent a car and explore the town and surrounding areas of Mayo, as well as business people and locals who may require affordable transport from time to time without needing a full-time vehicle.

The company has also officially launched its new door-to-door tow truck service which will serve the entire Galway/Mayo area. Operating in Ireland since 1997, Enterprise is renowned for its extensive network of locations, affordable rates and outstanding customer service. At present, the company employs more than 200 staff in 28 branches nationwide, including its successful branch in Galway which is open seven days a week.

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MAyo dealers unveil fertiliser spreader offer

Fri, Dec 30, 2016

Mindful that fertiliser is one of the most expensive commodities a farmer must buy, and that much of it is lost in hedges and ditches when spread by machines that are overdue for replacement, two Mayo farm machinery dealers have announced details of a finance offer designed to help farmers trade up to a top end machine without putting pressure on tight budgets.

In conjunction with machinery distributor Farmhand, dealers Johnston Agri Services of Ballyhaunis and McHale Farm Machinery of Kilmaine have launched an offer available until mid-February 2017, that sees an Amazone ZAM 1201 model being marketed, complete with folding cover and lights, for an initial deposit of €775, the balance to be paid in nine half-yearly amounts of €775, inclusive of VAT.

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A chance meeting has seen Yvonne Kilcullen go from strength to strength

Fri, Dec 09, 2016

Back in 2010, a chance meeting with a friend led Yvonne Kilcullen on to a new career path resulting in a thriving business in the events sector. “I had bumped into a dear friend that I had not seen in a while – we went for a coffee but she was a little stressed. She explained that she was organising a wedding and wanted to make it that bit extra special – could you ‘style it up’ for me Yvonne? At that time I told her no way – it’s not what I do.”

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Two Mayo companies shortlisted for SFA National Small Business Awards 2017

Fri, Dec 09, 2016

The finalists in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2017 have been officially announced by Patricia Callan, SFA director. The aim of the awards is to celebrate the achievements of small businesses in Ireland, and to recognise the vital contribution of the small business sector to Irish industry. Thirty five companies have been selected as finalists, from 13 different counties, across eight categories with two coming from Mayo. 

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Aurivio partners with ISPCC

Fri, Dec 09, 2016

Customers in all of Aurivo’s 33 Homeland stores across the northwest will be offered a chance to support the ISPCC with an option to add a donation of €1 at the till for one week from Monday December 12 to Sunday December 19.

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Top Honours for Londis Stores in Mayo

Fri, Dec 02, 2016

The Londis Awards recognise stores that excel across all areas of store performance. This year, 82 Londis retailers received awards, including five stores in Mayo: Mulroy’s Londis, Moneen Roundabout, Castlebar  who won the Retailing Standard Award and Deli and Hot Food Store of the Year 2016, Cunningham’s Londis PLUS, Ballyhaunis who won aRetailing Excellence Award, Hiney’s Londis, Crossmolina who won a Retailing Excellence Award,  Londis PLUS, Station Road, Castlebar  who also claimed a Retailing Standard Award and Mulroy’s Londis, Breaffy Road, Castlebar  winners of the Retailing Standard Award.

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Kirby is Galway’s Best Social Enterprise

Fri, Nov 25, 2016

Kirby Group Engineering was named Galway’s Best Social Enterprise (CSR) at the Galway Chamber Business Awards held in the Radisson Blu Hotel Galway on Saturday November 19.

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Keep an eye out for Mayo startup WriteinSite

Fri, Nov 25, 2016

Today marks the official launch of new Castlebar-based business, WriteinSite. The business specialises in outsourced technical writing, online content writing, and web design solutions, catering to many industries, from software, machine and device to service and retail.

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Rural Ireland is far from dead – and has the potential to become an economically powerful region

Fri, Nov 25, 2016

Rural Ireland has the ability to become an economically powerful region in its own right, according to the director of one of the region’s key funding agencies.

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